I’ve had a desire to sing a song given to me by God over someone on the streets, but been too terrified to try. While in Chico, California with my friend Ryan, I had the opportunity to face my fear with a guy we met who was playing guitar outside a bar. I told him that if he sang us a song, I would sing one to him. I was nervous, but felt God’s grace on my offer.
He sang a break-up song and then played for me to sing. I sensed the words to sing. And although I didn’t mention God by name, the lyrics were a conversation between God and someone searching for Him.
At the end of the song, Ryan told the man that his gift leads people to encounter God and asked if he wanted to encounter God himself. The man said that in the Mormon faith, if someone asks for an encounter before they are ready, something bad happens to them. So he wanted to just wait until God came to him.
Ryan then asked if we could pray for his wrist. The guy was shocked and asked how we knew it was broken. Ryan explained that God tells those in relationship with Him how to bless others. The man had us pray for his wrist and all the pain left! Although neither of us touched him, he said it felt like someone was touching his wrists. Then we prayed for his other wrist, which was numb from carpaltunnel, and he felt the presence of God like pin pricks.
We asked if he wanted another encounter, and Ryan led him through a prayer of salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit. The man said he could feel a presence all over him. I visualized him running a restaurant, so I asked if he wanted to run a business. He said yes, he wanted to run a restaurant, and he started to describe exactly what I had seen. I told him God knew his heart and championed his dreams. He was so blessed and completely transformed. It was incredible!